Family affair is a huge hit
SOME families bond over footy, other go on fishing weekends or even an extended holiday. But not many take it as far as the Geelong- based Skiltons, whoin 2006- took their eyesight from myopic to marvellous within seven days.
Their poor eyesight saw the family of five investigating, planning and finally inspiring each other to undergo the Vector laser surgery within a week.
Janet Skilton, who had worn glasses since she was eight, says that she’s absolutely delighted with the results.
‘‘ Without my glasses I could not see an inch in front of me,’’ explained the mother of three.
Her husband, Terry, who endured strong prescriptions for his contacts and glasses for over 20 years, is thrilled.
‘‘ It’s great now,’’ he says. ‘‘ We saw the video of my brother- in- law having laser surgery and it didn’t look too bad, so we thought we’d give it a go,’’ he says.
‘‘ My wife, son Wade and youngest daughter Anthea had their eyes lasered the first Friday and Melissa and I were done the week later,’’ he says.
However, Terry, who confesses to having fainted each time his wife gave birth, did experience a few queasy moments.
‘‘ While it doesn’t hurt, it just feels a bit yucky, when they put the clips on your eyes to hold them open,’’ he says.
Daughter Melissa heartily agrees.
Melissa, 25, has worn glasses for many years. She says: ‘‘ It’s fantastic. The other day I was cooking pasta and didn’t have to worry about my glasses fogging up.’’
Son Wade, 20, who loves playing pool, had already recommended the procedure to some friends.
‘‘ It feels great, I always hated wearing the glasses,’’ he says.
His sister Anthea, 22, works as a financial planner and loves playing netball even more than ever, now that she no longer has to worry about having her spectacles hitting the court when she’s trying to shoot a goal. It’s fantastic,’’ she says.